KCC Trading Standards has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cybercrime and educate residents on the dangers posed by criminals on the internet.
The aim is to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the public to stay safe and secure online.
Malicious software, also known as malware, is created by criminals to infect computers and gather information without the users’ permission.
In 2014 there was a spike in malware created with more than143 million programs created worldwide.
Last year 81% of large UK corporations and 60% of small businesses reported a cyber-breach.
Reports and press releases about cybercrime tend to use very technical language and terms unfamiliar to the average consumer.
Throughout this month Trading Standards will be explaining one technical term each day in order to educate consumers and help them understand the dangers.
They will also be advising consumers on how to protect themselves against various types of cybercrime, how to protect their identities and passwords and how to identify bogus websites.